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As we feel the limits of our planet, governments must mobilise their regulatory toolkit and all the public resources required for the sustainable transition, to ensure economic resilience and the prosperity of future generations. This means upgrading infrastructure, health and educational systems and supporting the citizens affected by the economic transition.

Public deficits will likely increase, but paradoxically, they are indispensable for public debt sustainability in the long run, and financial markets know it. Public money is required to crowd in private investment and a failure to invest will result in much bigger future fiscal imbalances due to unmitigated climate change and loss of economic and social resilience.

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Policy brief

Policy Brief – “Europe’s Fiscal Framework: The People’s View?”

Excessive public spending cuts in the European Union since 2009 have contributed to making citizens €3.000 a year worse-off, according to a new policy brief from the New Economics Foundation and Finance Watch. The research includes polling results that showed most European citizens are worried about the reintroduction of austerity and agree that EU fiscal rules should be reformed.
Policy Brief – “Europe’s Fiscal Framework: The People’s View?”
Policy brief

Policy Brief – “From Maastricht to Paris: Why climate change should be considered in a reformed EU fiscal framework”

Thirty years after the Maastricht treaty and twelve years after the Paris agreement, connections between climate change, debt sustainability, and the reform of the EU economic governance are often overlooked. This joint policy brief of Finance Watch and Climate Action Network Europe seeks to unpack these connections, and formulates key recommendations which can shape the reform of the EU fiscal rules.
Joint statement

Manifesto – NGOs and academics call for fundamental reform of Europe’s fiscal rules

Finance Watch co-publishes today a manifesto demanding a deep reform of Europe’s spending rules. Signed by over 270 prominent academics, unions and civil society organisations from across Europe, it reminds EU finance ministers meeting today in Brussels of the urgent need to upgrade its fiscal framework to meet 21st century challenges.
Policy brief

Policy brief – “Breaking The Stalemate: Upgrading EU economic governance for the challenges ahead”

Thirty years after Maastricht and faced with serious economic, environmental, and social challenges, the time has come for Europe to upgrade its economic governance framework and views of the role played by the public sector: this policy brief outlines a way forward for Europe’s fiscal policy.

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